Join Vox Populi and PARTICIPANT INC to celebrate the release of Dead Flowers, a book charting the history of “the underground” in cinema and art. Includes work by Paul Thek, Charles Atlas, Alvin Baltrop, and Kembra Pfahler, among others. Meet artists from the group exhibition and hear readings of texts from the catalog.
Join us on the ICA mezzanine, where painter Logan Grider will lead a round table discussion focusing on a formal analysis of the painting Igitur from the exhibition currently on view at ICA, Charline von Heyl. The initial discussion will begin after a visit to view the painting in person and will branch out into other questions central to abstraction now.
Celebrate the conclusion of ICA exhibition Bill Walton’s Studio with Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner and Penn student Ellie Levitt in a roundtable discussion about “the gift” in the gallery and how these acts of generosity can add weight to an artist’s purpose or, as in the case of Walton’s studio, contribute to future art practices. Following the discussion guests will be invited into Walton’s studio for a special gifting ceremony.
Have a cup of tea and join Penn PhD student Charlotte Ickes for a discussion about how site, space, and memory function in relation to the exhibitions Bill Walton’s Studio and Blowing on a Hairy Shoulder now on view at ICA.
To mark World AIDS Day Penn Student Ellie Levitt invites members of the community to a Ribbon Bee from 1pm – 3pm. Listen to a related reading and assemble red ribbons — the universal symbol of solidarity for people living with HIV/AIDS — with buttons designed by four contemporary artists. Ribbons provided courtesy of Visual AIDS.
Please join us for EPISTLE, a performance by New York-based artist Park McArthur, who will read a selection of open letters addressed to artists and activists. A roundtable discussion on the poetics and politics of letter writing will follow, led by Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow Jennifer Burris.
Have a cup of tea and join a discussion with Tra Bouscaren, PennDesign MFA student, about the exhibitions currently on view at ICA, Charline von Heyl, Bill Walton’s Studio, and Blowing on a Hairy Shoulder / Grief Hunters.
Join KARMA at ICA for a two-day pop-up shop and a special presentation at 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 12. Located in New York City’s West Village, KARMA is a bookstore, gallery, and publisher specializing in artist publications founded by Brendan Dugan in spring of 2011. www.karmakarma.org
Join a discussion with Caroline Savage (Coordinating Director, PIFVA and former Executive Director, San Francisco Cinematheque), Jesse Pires (Program Curator, International House Philadelphia) and members of Shooting Wall (Philadelphia based DIY collective of film theorists, filmmakers, critics, and cinephiles) on the origins of independent film societies and their influence on contemporary models of film exhibition programs.
Join us on the ICA mezzanine, where writer and researcher Becky Hunter will shed new light on the minimalist painter Agnes Martin. Hunter will lead a roundtable presentation that focuses on her research into the ICA archives and share insights from her Agnes Martin Diaries at www.beckyhunter.co.uk.
Join Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator at ICA, and Christine Poggi, Professor of the History of Art at UPenn, as they lead a discussion with six UPenn students about contemporary curatorial practice and the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Have a cup of tea and join a discussion with Mary Valverde, PennDesign MFA student, about the exhibitions currently on view at ICA, Charline von Heyl, Bill Walton’s Studio, and Blowing on a Hairy Shoulder / Grief Hunters.
Paul Eisenhauer, Director of the Wharton Esherick Museum, invites you to play a game of chess. Bring your own board and learn more about Esherick’s involvement in the Centaur Book Shop. Members of the Penn Chess Club will be on hand to play and give tips.
Have a cup of tea and join Penn PhD student Marina Isgro for a conversation about topics including the interplay between accident and control and the use of unpredictable materials in the paintings and drawings of Charline von Heyl now on view at ICA.
Come celebrate the launch of Excursus. Hear curator Lynne Farrington of Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library discuss the Centaur Book Shop, Philadelphia’s own Prohibition-era radical press, record store, and bohemian meeting place. To be followed by an after hours reception on the ICA terrace. Admission is free.